Banu Stool

Eckart Muthesius - 1931
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Banu is yet another gem from the Manik Bagh (The Garden of Jewels), the Maharajah of Indore's palace, for which Eckart Muthesius designed this stool. Through the use of polished stainless steel and a highly demanding working process, the frame appears, from all sides, to be made of a single piece. The exquisite, elegant stool decorated the bathroom of the Maharani, the Maharajah's wife. 

A slightly different version travelled on tracks through India - in the legendary saloon carriage of the ruler, for which the interior was also entirely designed by Muthesius.


About the Manik Bagh:

After studies and several long stays in Europe throughout the 1920's, the heir to the ancient Holkar family - Shri Yeshwant Rao Holkar Bahadur - became a fervent art enthusiast and was fascinated by Western avant-garde and the new International Style. In 1930 he commissioned the young German architect Eckart Muthesius to build and furnish the Maharajah's residence in India. Most of the furniture and lighting were made in Germany according to the architect's designs and instructions. Other key furniture objects like tubular steel chairs by Marcel Breuer, the chaise longue by Le Corbusier & Charlotte Perriand, the transat by Eileen Gray as well as specially commissioned pieces by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann or Louis Sognot and silverware by Jean Puiforcat became part of this fairy tale palace of Moderenism. 

Following studies at the Associated State School for Applied Arts in Berlin and the London Polytechnic, Eckart Muthesius (1904-1989) became a master student in the studio of his father, Hermann Muthesius, the founder of the German Werkbund.

In 1929, Muthesius met Prince Yeshwant Rao Holkar Bahadur in Oxford, the later Maharajah of Indore, who commissioned him to build and furnish his palace "Manik Bagh". Completed four years later, the palace was a masterpiece of the Art Deco style. Muthesius complemented his architecture with his own furniture and lamp designs.
He went on to take up a post as head of the Board of Planning and Restoration of the State of Indore from 1936 to 1939. When the war broke out, he was forced to flee India and return to Berlin, where he worked as a freelance architect. Today the "Manik Bagh" palace is used as the head quarter for the Ministry of Finance, the interior was auctioned off in Monte Carlo in 1980.

The ClassiCon brand stands for quality, individuality and a timeless aesthetic - regardless of passing fashions. More important than the degree of fame achieved by the designer is a demonstrated fascination with new formal concepts. This focus helps ClassiCon to continually discover exciting young designers.

In the early 1970s, Eileen Gray began to collaborate with Zeev Aram to develop her furniture and lamps for series production. In 1973 she signed a worldwide contract with Aram Designs, London, to bring her designs into production for the first time. ClassiCon produces and sells the Eileen Gray Collection as worldwide licensee of Aram Designs Ltd, London.

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Base of polished stainless steel. Seat upholstered in leather



Width 52cm, depth 42cm, height 46cm

Made in Germany


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